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ministries headed to washington. they met with u.s. special representative on north korea, glen davies. they will continue diplomatic efforts until the last minute. >> translator: we also agreed that the international community should take firm action if north korea goes ahead with the launch. >> sugiyama said he hopes to visit beijing to discuss the matter with chinese officials. >> they're ignored warnings over the year when they went ahead with a launch that ended in failure. covering the korean peninsula, we see why leaders in the north are pushing ahead despite opposition. >> reporter: the ballistic missile launch will be the second since kim jong-un took power a year ago. it will use the same launch pad, a site in the northwestern part of the country. before the first testing, officials said the three-stage rocket was meant to carry a satellite. but japan and the u.s. and south korea said the launch was about a missile test. the launch was a missile test. the test ended in failure with a rocket exploding in mid-air two minutes after. it fell into more than ten pieces and fell int
with u.s. president barack obama. they talked about meeting next month in washington. it would be abe's first foreign visit after forming a new government. he's made strengthening the japan/u.s. relationship a priority. nhk world has more from washington. >> people in the obama administration place a high priority on stability in the asia-pacific. they have been troubled by increasing tension between japan and china over which country owns the senkaku islands in the east china sea. their concerned thathe conflict i claims allowed to fester could unsettled dynamic in the region. they want to see policies and sophisticated diplomacy to calm the swaituation. they're drawn into military confrontation because of their alliance with japan. >> our message to the new japanese government will be the same as the message to the former japanese government, which is that we want to see both japan and china avoid provocative acts. we want to see them talk to each other and work this through by dialogue. >> now japan has stirred up another territorial dispute with south korea. u.s. official want up
. >>> a fleeting pier has been washed ashore in the u.s. state of washington. apparently having drifted from japan after the massive tsunami hit the country in march of last year. >>> a u.s. coast guard helicopter spotted the nine-meter concrete pier on the shore of the olympic peninsula. bad weather has prevented a close study. no signs or letters have been confirmed on the pier. a floating pier from japan's northeastern prefecture was found on the oregon coast in june. it was later demolished by the state government. japan's environment ministry says ocean currents are likely to deliver 33,000 tons of tsunami debris to the pacific coast of north america by june of next year. >>> international organizations are denouncing a tax on health workers in pakistan this week. the violence put a halt to vaccine work in the country. our reporter in bangkok has more. >>> gunmen shot and killed 12 members of polio vaccination teams in separate incidents around pakistan this week. the united nations is protecting staff members in the country by taking them off duty. the u.n. has responded to the attacks. >> t
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